Story: Health advocacy and self-help

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alchoholics Anonymous (AA) is a worldwide network which supports people who have problems with alcohol. The New Zealand organisation was established in 1946. A musician plays for residents at a drug rehabilitation centre in Plimmerton, north of Wellington, in 1988. Behind her is a poster describing the 'Twelve Steps', a recovery programme written by early members of AA in the US and still used in the 2000s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-1988-1487
Photograph by Greg King

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How to cite this page:

Rosemary Du Plessis and Anne Scott, 'Health advocacy and self-help - Mental-health and addiction organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Rosemary Du Plessis and Anne Scott, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 17 Jul 2018